The Avner Institute is proud to present a unique photo of the Rebbe leaving his room in 770. This room was the Rebbe’s private study from the day he arrived in the U.S. in 1941; it was here where he received thousands of visitors. special thanks to the Rebbe Archive for the picture.
Also included is a lovely diary written by a student in the winter of 1966, in which the Rebbe describes his room’s specialness.
WHERE TEARS WERE HEARD
From a Student's Diary:
"In 1966 the president of Israel, Zalman Shazar, who shared a unique relationship with the Rebbe, made a visit to 770 under tremendous pressure, since legally a traveling president had to conduct business from where he was staying. When the president entered 770, the Rebbe walked him through the doors to the upstairs study hall. “This is where my father-in-law davened (prayed),” he said.
“This is where my father-in-law celebrated Simchas Torah." Showing him the place where the bachurim (students) sat and learned every day, he concluded, “All this I could not bring to you had I gone to see you at your hotel in Manhattan."
Then they entered the Rebbe’s room. The Rebbe pointed and said, “From this table the tears of many Yidden (Jews) were heard. This room helped free many from Russia, and here my father-in-law gave over discourses in Chassidus. “All this,” concluded the Rebbe, “I could not have brought had I come to your place of residence.”